THE NUMBER OF DOGS AND CATS DYING IN THE SHELTER DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS HAS INCREASED 94%!
THE NUMBER THAT DIED, 1,263, IS THE HIGHEST EVER IN THE RECORDED HISTORY OF ANIMAL SERVICES AS A RESULT OF OVERCROWDING AND DISEASE.
Much, much worse are the died in shelter numbers and rates for “All Other Animals.” Last year it was 704. This year it is 1,984, a little short of triple despite the fact that hundreds fewer were impounded. Why? New Hope rescues were at 450% of the level of Animal Services adoptions.
The biggest joke is the killing of neonatal kittens. Euthanasia is down big time, but artificially. Boks has refused to take in kittens, giving the owners, like Ron Mason, bottle feeding kits instead. In this year of a bumper crop of kittens all over California, Animal Services officially took in 2,200 fewer than the year before. How many were refused and how many just were not counted, no one knows. The number of kittens dying in the shelter more than doubled from 400 to 802 despite far fewer being brought in.
Boks has not explained how or why the impound numbers for neonatals decreased so much compared to LA County and other shelters. He calls it an anomaly, which means refusing and warehousing.